What are the best books with a British Empire colonial setting?

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    #1Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)

    Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)

    Things Fall Apart is a book by the acclaimed Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe. It tells the story of the conflict between the colonial British government and a Nigerian ethnic group, the Ibo people. It is the first book in the African trilogy.

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    Peter Robinson
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "The influence of the colonial British Empire is certainly seen in this story, but it actually takes place in colonized Africa, so, if you're looking for a book with some kind of Victorian setting, perhaps this might not be your first choice. It's also not very sympathetic towards the British empire, which is to be expected. Overall, I think it is a worthwhile work, but it should be considered a work about Africa, not about England."
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    #2A Thousand Splendid Suns

    A Thousand Splendid Suns

    A Thousand Splendid Suns is a contemporary fiction book written by Khaled Hosseini which tells the story of a poor and uneducated woman who needs to endure hardships in her life. 

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    Jacob Hudson
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "When I first started reading this book I was wondering why so many people were recommending it but now that I finished it I am recommending it as well. It takes a unique position and makes it work despite how emotionally hard it can be just to read it. There's a point maybe a quarter of the way in where the book just clicks and I started to care about what was happening. A must read."
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    #3Heart of Darkness

    Heart of Darkness

    Heart of Darkness is a novella by Joseph Conrad that tells the story of Charles Marlow and his voyage on the Congo River. The story is inspired by Conrad's own experiences traveling in the Congo River in a Belgian trading steamer. 

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    Diane Payne
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "It's cheap enough that even if i don't like it I wont feel bad. I'm not sure how to feel about the reviews."
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    #4The Glass Palace

    The Glass Palace

    The Glass Palace is a historical fiction novel by Amitav Ghosh published in 2000. The story spans a century of time, from the Konbaung dynasty in the 19th century to modern times. 

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    Samuel Meza
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "An absorbing story of a world in transition, brought to life through characters who love and suffer with equal intensity"
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    #5Wide Sargasso Sea

    Wide Sargasso Sea
    Wide Sargasso Sea is Jean Rhys' novel about Antoinette, a Creole heiress in 1830s Jamaica who married an Englishman, who later forced Antoinette to become an ideal Victorian lady.
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    Steven Sullivan
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This book is just what I am looking for. It definitely has the setting in the topic. This is right on point."
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    #6A Passage to India

    A Passage to India

    A Passage to India is a book by E.M. Forster. Set in British India during the 1920s, it revolves around the racial tension between the colonizers and the colonized when a British woman was allegedly assaulted by Dr. Aziz, an Indian physician.

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    Sara Rose
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Explores early 20th century tension with the colony. Scenery seems exotic."
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    #7A Town Like Alice

    A Town Like Alice

    A Town Like Alice is a novel by Nevil Shute. Set during World War II, it follows the story of Jean Paget, who travels to the outbacks of Australia to look for the Australian soldier who saved her life. 

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    Joyce He
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This book is a bit of a classic that I had on my bookshelf as a kid. I loved the whole POW story and I was really interested in Japanese culture. But as an adult, looking back at this book, I don't know. It made that whole POW story line sort of easy, less horrific. I guess for a kid that was a good thing. In hindsight, I'm not sure. I do think, on the other hand, there are better books about the British Empire and their colonies (I'm thinking of some set in India). So, as a best book for that category, I don't think this one works. "
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    #8The Secret Garden

    The Secret Garden

    The Secret Garden is a novel about Mary Lennox, a spoiled and alone child who is sent to his grieving uncle after her parent's death. She found out about that there is a forgotten garden there and she visited it to know its mysteries.

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    Lorenzo Gálvez
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The Secret Garden can be hard to understand. Nevertheless, patience will be rewarded. This book gets better and better the more time you spend with it."
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    #9The Far Pavilions

    The Far Pavilions

    The Far Pavilions is a romance filled classic historical fiction novel written by M. M. Kaye. It was published January 15, 1997 by St. Martin's Griffin. It is a story about an English man brought up as a Hindu.

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    Sandra Valdez
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is a classic romantic story of India during the British Empire colonial period. It's fairly long but it's well written and you can tell a lot of research has gone into creating this novel. The battle scenes were a tad bit too long. "
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    #10English Passengers

    English Passengers

    English Passengers is a historical fiction novel by British writer Matthew Kneale, first published in 2000. Set in the year 1857, it tells the story of an English ship which landed on the coasts of Australia.

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    Zachary Martinez
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "A well written, complex tale, that's surprisingly engaging and very hard to put down. The details of the colonialism of the period are well researched and serves to highlight the many monstrosities of the period. "
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    #11The Secret River

    The Secret River
    The Secret River is an award-winning historical fiction novel by Kate Greenville. Set in the early 19th century, it follows the story of William Thornhill, who makes life better for himself and his wife after getting deported to Australia.
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    Timothy Dixon
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The Seceret River.....it's looking good....super story."

Summary

Best What are the best books with a British Empire colonial setting
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)Books 50 Paid
2A Thousand Splendid SunsBooks 48 Paid
3Heart of DarknessBooks 44 Paid
4The Glass PalaceBooks 42 Paid
5Wide Sargasso SeaBooks 39 Paid
6A Passage to IndiaBooks 37 Paid
7A Town Like AliceBooks 32 Paid
8The Secret GardenBooks 29 Paid
9The Far PavilionsBooks 9 Paid
10English PassengersBooks 2 Paid
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